Ards seek new coach after Grundie ends 13-year tenure

Ards Ladies Hockey Club are looking for a coach for 2018-19 season for their first team. It follows Gareth Grundie’s decision to step down from the role after 13 years at the helm “due to personal commitments and new hockey commitments with the Irish senior women”.

During his tenure, he oversaw a memorable period for the club including an Ulster Premier League title, two Ulster Shields, seven Ulster and All-Ireland indoor titles, a European bronze and gold medal at various levels.

They also reached the 2016 Irish Senior Cup final, just missing out on a shoot-out against Ulster Elks.
In a club post about his departure, Ards said: “We would like to thank G for all his hard work and the success he has brought to the club and we wish him all the best as his coaching journey continues and we look forward to seeing him on the other side of the fence as a spectator with his daughter Charlotte, supporting both Naomi Grundie and the rest of the Oranges!”

Former Ards coach Gareth Grundie. Pic: Adrian Boehm

As for the new role, the club add: “The successful candidate will be qualified to Level 2 standard or to Level 1 standard with previous experience of coaching at Premier League/ Senior League 1 or Representative Level.

“The role holder will be a positive role model with good communication skills and the ability to motivate and inspire not only the team to achieve its potential but also each player within the training and playing squad.

“Ideally we are looking for someone who is available to lead two training sessions per week and who will be available on a Saturday for matches, both home and away. Part of the role of the 1st XI coach will be to work on talent identification and development with the club Development Officer and the other club coaches.

“Requests for further information about the role duties and attributes required and expressions of interest, accompanied by a CV demonstrating how you meet the qualifications, skills and experience should be forwarded to 1st XI Captain, Caroline Adams via email to CVs must be received no later than 29th July.

“It would be preferable to have interviews completed by 8th August and remuneration will be discussed at interview.”

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